Around Europe in 80 Days

Duration
79 Nights
Transport

This is an epic 80 day trip covering 30 cities across 24 countries. This route involves train journeys from a few hours to a full day, as well as half a dozen night trains and 2 ferries. The majority of your trip will be spent in your accommodation but a few nights will be on the train.

Route
  • Tallinn
  • Helsinki
  • Stockholm
  • Oslo
  • Copenhagen
  • Berlin
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Paris
  • Zurich
  • Munich
  • Prague
  • Krakow
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Ljubljana
  • Zagreb
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
  • Sarajevo
  • Belgrade
  • Budapest
  • Vienna
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Nice
  • Barcelona
  • Madrid
  • Lisbon
  • Porto
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Ready for a mini gap year? Want to explore Europe’s most famous and up and coming cities? Then our Round Europe in 80 Days is the route for you! Starting in Estonia, you’ll make your way to Portugal through the heart of Europe, taking in all the major sights, as well as discovering some hidden gems.

Trip Description

 

Start next to Russia in the quaint Baltic country of Estonia, then pick your way across Scandinavia taking in the Northern capitals of Finland, Sweden, Norway before crossing The Bridge to reach painfully cool Copenhagen. Carry on through to edgy Berlin and alternative Amsterdam, and take in the sophisticated cafe culture of Brussels and Paris before scooting down to Switzerland to catch some breathtaking alpine views. Next, you’ll head back to experience the Bavarian wonder of Munich, the Gothic allure of Prague and the rich history of Krakow, before continuing your journey through the rest of Eastern Europe.

You’ll be instantly taken by the charms of Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia, followed by a stay in Croatia, where you’ll have a few days to soak up the sun in Split and Dubrovnik. Then, you’ll trail across the Balkans to get a taste of the up-and-coming metropolitan hotspot of Sarajevo, and the Byzantine beauty of Belgrade, before heading back up to Budapest. Then it’s time to stop off in the music capital of Europe before doing as the Romans do,  before making your way up to glamorous Nice on the Cote d’Azur. Next up is buzzing Barcelona, before travelling into the heart of Spain to Mediterranean mainstay, Madrid. Your final country of the trip is Portugal where you will experience the medieval wonders of Porto before finishing your trip at the extreme South-Western edge of Europe in Lisbon, looking straight across to the Atlantic ocean…

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

Recreating Jule Vernes classic novel, this big trip will see you hit 30 cities in 24 countries across 80 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility but there will be a few night trains so you’re able to maximise your time in each city. Don’t worry about the train travel though as we will book everything for you so you’re able to fully take in what Europe has to offer.

Tallinn church

Tallinn (2 Nights)

Tallinn looked set to become the next cheap stag party destination but the city has shunned this in favour of presering the fairy-tale medieval charm of its streets and spires, and whilst is still has its fair share of watering holes, Estonians have not forgotten their rich heritage.

Tallinn Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the museum of (both) occupations
  • See the sumptuous Aleksander Nevsky cathedral
  • Drink at numerous pubs with local Estonians

Helsinki (2 Nights)

For an important harbour town it only seems right that you should take a ferry to or from Helisnki. In summer Finnish people enjoy their open parks, relaxed atmosphere and quirky cafes before they all disappear indoors for winter as temperatures plummet.

Helsinki Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Finnish folk museum with live actors
  • Stroll through the magnificent Sibelius Park
  • Take a boozy sightseeing tour on the red pub-tram

Stockholm Sweden

Stockholm (2 Nights)

Stockholm has been described as the most beautiful city in Europe with its calm waterways, colourful buildings and cobbled streets. The Swedes are known for their sleek design, polite manners and propensity to have fun. Forget the meatballs, Stockholm has much more.

Stockholm Guides
Highlights

  • Wander up the cobbled streets of the old town
  • Admire the colourful skyline from a boat tour
  • Visit the ABBA museum

Oslo (3 Nights)

Oslo will take you by surprise. It is not a big city, but it has exceptional museums and you can walk all over and around it into the overlooking hills. Head to the ski jump for a thrilling view but if that’s not your thing go and see  Edvard Munch’s The Scream at The National Gallery.

Oslo Guides
Highlights

  • See some excellent preserved viking ships
  • Understand Norway’s heritage at the Folk Museum
  • Have a go at the ski jump overlooking the city

Copenhagen (3 Nights)

Copenhagen is a place where equal rights and liberal attitudes take precedence, a land where the atmosphere incredibly safe and remarkably relaxed. Make sure you visit the hugely characteristic hippie commune of Christiania where squatters’ rights hold sway.

Copenhagen Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the little mermaid
  • Go to one of the world’s oldest theme parks
  • Sample the fruity beers at plenty of microbreweries

Berlin (3 Nights)

Berlin is the alternative, cool kid of Europe and a pro at being edgy. It’s how people dress, their liberal attitudes, the graffiti, the skaters and BMXers, the art, the clubs and the food. Berlin is also crammed full of fascinating WWII history around every corner.

Berlin Guides
Highlights

  • See a section of the old Berlin Wall
  • Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag
  • Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

Amsterdam (3 Nights)

Despite being credited with certain recreational pastimes, there is actually a lot more to the city than the stereotypical picture, with its abundance of engaging museums, beautiful townhouses and canals. Find out what makes Amsterdam the beating heart of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Van Gogh Museum
  • Discover Europe’s biggest historic centre by pedal
  • Take a tour of the red light district

Brussels (2 Nights)

Belgium’s biggest city accommodates an eclectic mix of old and new, from Europe’s most beautiful square lined with guild houses and continental cafes to its bureacratic alter ego as capital of the European Union itself. Come for the delicious beer, waffles and moules frites.

Brussels Guides
Highlights

  • Visit Mini Europe in the capital of the EU
  • See Europe’s most beautiful square the Grand Place
  • Try to find the fountain statue Manneken Pis

Paris (3 Nights)

Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Paris Guides
Highlights

  • See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museu
  • Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Roug
  • Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

Zurich (2 Nights)

Being a city in a historically neutral country means that the medieval centre of Zurich is untouched by war damage, unlike many of its European neighbours. The city has a lot more going for it than the banks it is associated with and a walk along the picturesque lake Zurich is a must.

Zurich Guides
Highlights

  • See the glass-stained windows of Fraumünste
  • Go to the Lindt chocolate factory outle
  • Go window-shopping on Bahnhofstrasse

Munich (3 Nights)

The capital of Bavaria and Germany’s second city will draw you in with its elegance and attractions to match the big names in Europe, with its pedestrianised city centre and impressive monuments, museums and art galleries; as well as beer, and plenty of it at Oktoberfest.

Munich Guides
Highlights

  • Learn about the city at the Stadtmuseum
  • Walk across the sprawling Englisher Garten
  • Join the Bavarian beer festival of Oktoberfest

Prague (2 Nights)

Prague is beautiful, with no better word to describe it. On whichever side street or square, the intricate architecture prevails, with every building unique and full of colourful detail. The Czech Republic is also the home of Pilsner beer, with no lack of establishments to sample it.

Prague Guides
Highlights

  • Cross the enchanting Charles Bridge
  • Marvel at the curvy design of the dancing building
  • Try all the Czech Pilsner beers in the old town pub

Krakow (2 Nights)

Krakow escaped being reduced to rubble in WWII, preserving the postcard-perfect Old Town and the cellars housing its famous bars and clubs. That’s not to say it doesn’t share a chapter of history in the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp which demands a humble visit.

Krakow Guides
Highlights

  • See Europe’s largest medieval market squar
  • Take photos of Poland’s best preserved city
  • Find one of many gothic cellar bars open until late

Bratislava (2 Nights)

Bratislavans are incredibly friendly and, as the city has not yet been discovered by the mainstream tourist, food, beer and wine are still very cheap here. It’s just as beautiful as its neighbouring Eastern European capitals, but smaller, quieter and with an idyllic aura.

Bratislava Guides
Highlights

  • Climb up to the 19th Century castle
  • Take a night tour to admire Bratislava’s beauty
  • Do some folk-art shopping at Úľuv

Budapest (2 Nights)

Proudly guarding the Danube, the once twin cities of Buda and Pest show off every architectural style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. With its rickety trams and turn-of-the-century feel you’ll be charmed by its past while you cure your hangover at the multitude of hot baths.

Budapest Guides
Highlights

  • Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas
  • Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle
  • Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

Ljubljana (2 Nights)

Ljubljana is a colourful chocolate box city with a café culture that brings to it a festival atmosphere all summer long. See the castle perched above the city or take a day trip out by train to the picturesque Lake Bled, where you can hire a rowing boat and visit the island in the middle.

Ljubljana Guides
Highlights

  • See the 16th Century castle on the hill
  • Wander through the colourful streets
  • Take in 360 views from an art-deco skyscraper terrace

Zagreb (2 Nights)

A city of flowers and fountains with a curious Mediterranean feel, Zagreb is a year-round destination with a museum-café-theatre culture by day and a lakeside party by night. In winter a tram ride out of the city provides scenic hiking and skiing opportunities.

Zagreb Guides
Highlights

  • Catch a 360 view from the Lotrščak Tower
  • Stroll through the beautiful Mirogoj cemetery
  • Have a coffee in Kino Europa, Zagreb’s oldest cinema

Split (2 Nights)

Even though Split is a port for many Croatian islands, sitting elegantly between the Adriatic and the mountains, the country’s second city has two Unesco World Heritage sites within its walls, a marble waterfront walkway and a buzzing atmosphere around its bars and pubs.

Split Guides
Highlights

  • See the amazing ruin of Diocletian’s Palace
  • Admire the city as you approach it from the sea
  • Stroll along the glittering waterfront

Dubrovnik (2 Nights)

Dubrovnik is an absolute pearl with its wonderful marble streets and Baroque buildings, totally recovered after being bombed in 1991. You won’t be anything but awe-struck at its beauty, a medieval city perched against the Adriatic and positively beaming with charm.

Dubrovnik Guides
Highlights

  • Unesco World Heritage Medieval City
  • Wander the streets of the Old Walled Town
  • Sip cocktails at the Hard Jazz Café

Sarajevo (3 Nights)

Explore stunning Sarajevo, with its bustling markets, colourful streets and friendly people. This historic city has a distinctly Arabic feel, adding to its unique atmosphere.

Sarajevo Guides
Highlights

  • Wander round the historic streets and visit the Arabic inspired markets
  • Take a tour with a local guide to find out about the city’s turbulent history
  • Sample crazy Bosnian nightlife (with some compulsory Rakja)

Belgrade (3 Nights)

The capital of Serbia won’t disappoint you. Visitors from surrounding countries come here for the all-night party scene and friendly atmosphere. Tourists also come to see the world’s largest Orthodox church or just wander around the bohemian town centre of a bygone era.

Belgrade Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the 18th Century Belgrade Fortress
  • Climb the cobbled streets of Skadarlija
  • Float down the Danube on the splavovi party boats

Budapest (3 Nights)

Proudly guarding the Danube, the once twin cities of Buda and Pest show off every architectural style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. With its rickety trams and turn-of-the-century feel you’ll be charmed by its past while you cure your hangover at the multitude of hot baths.

Budapest Guides
Highlights

  • Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas
  • Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle
  • Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

Vienna (3 Nights)

Vienna is crisp, clean and chic with its biggest draw factor being the multitude of classical palaces and grand imperial buildings. Whether you’re into your royal history or not, the sheer scale of it here will be encapsulating for all, whilst not forgetting the great bars and eateries.

Vienna Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Spanish riding school of Vienna
  • Eat real Apple Strudel and Wiener Schnitzel
  • Go to a classical concert in a city renowned for music

Venice (2 Nights)

Venice is nothing short of unique, built on mudbanks in the lagoon, having forgone the convenience of cars for the charisma of canals. Getting lost in Venice is part of the fun, and if you’re on foot you’ll only find small backstreets or large piazzas, not a single street in sight.

Venice Guides
Highlights

  • Cross the iconic St Mark’s Square
  • Get lost in the alleyways and canals of the city
  • Ride the vaporetto down the grand canal

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Rome (3 Nights)

Do as the proverb says – when in Rome, do as the Romans do. If that means indulging in ice-cream, pizzerias, cafes and trattorias then so be it. Rome will delight you with its eateries and mesmerise you with its monuments. Also visit the Vatican, the world’s smallest country.

Rome Guides
Highlights

  • Marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
  • See the world-famous Colosseum
  • Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream and pizza

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Nice (2 Nights)

Looking out on to the French Riviera, Nice is a chic city with some of the best cuisine in the country. Its appeal was future-proofed by 19th Century British aristocrats who commissioned a beachside walkway by which to stroll at sunset, now the popular Promenade des Anglais.

Nice Guides
Highlights

  • Explore the old-world town of Nice
  • See the sunset from the Promenade des Anglais
  • Take a sightseeing cruise of the Cote d’Azur

Barcelona (3 Nights)

Barcelona is a wondrous place which offers everything in abundance. Fine food, hip street life, spectacular views from on high, architectural and artistic marvels all around and green-space abound. A trip to the Sagrada Familia cathedral, still in construction, is a must.

Barcelona Guides
Highlights

  • See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
  • Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
  • Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas

Madrid (3 Nights)

Madrid is certainly one of the ‘in’ cities at the moment and it is easy to understand why, as it offers a real insight into Spanish life with its attractive tourist spots buzzing both day and night, brimming with shops, delicious tapas bars and clubs to explore and enjoy.

Madrid Guides
Highlights

  • Go to the world famous Museo del Prado
  • Stroll through the 17th Century Rastro Flea Market
  • Watch a Real Madrid match at the Bernabeu stadium

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Lisbon (3 Nights)

Lisbon doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not; it’s picturesque and modest whilst maintaining an enthralling urban landscape imbued with exhilarating sights, sounds and smells. Head to Lisbon for history, for hilly heights, for hedonism and a whole lot more.

Lisbon Guides
Highlights

  • Learn about Portugal’s colonial past
  • Climb up steep cobbled streets to the castle
  • Dance to live rock and electro at the Music Box club

Porto (3 Nights)

The coastal city of Porto is your final stop on this mammoth trip and it affords the perfect opportunity to stroll along narrow cobbled streets before sampling local cuisine in the pretty riveriside cafes. If you fancy tasting Port, then you’ve come to the right place and you can work that off by climbing the stairs of the Clerigos Tower to view sunset over this up and coming destination.

Porto Guides
Highlights
  • Go to the famous 19th century Felgueriaras Lighthouse
  • People watch or bar hop your way around The Ribeira district.
  • For a different pace, take a cruise on the Duoro river and view the city from a different perspective.

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The team at Euroventure was outstanding! Not only were they knowledgeable and helpful, but they were always quick to respond, very accommodating, and made every part of our trip personal and meaningful. Highly recommend Euroventure and would definitely work with them again.

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I have just returned from my 1 week interrailing trip! Me and my boyfriend went on the “Iron curtain” package and it was amazing. Euroventure organised everything and made it so easy. I would highly recommend anyone that wants to see more of Europe to go with this company.

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My sisters and I had the best trip, we did a variation to the 4 week eastern traveller route and Euroventure were so helpful in making the trip suit our needs. Each hostel was great and in a good location. The info pack was such a great help and an amazing keepsake. The fact all of our travel was booked and set out meant we could spend all our efforts on experiencing everything! We truly had the best time and would 100% recommend to anyone. We’re already looking for our next trip! Thanks again for all your help - Alice, Kailey and Harriet :)

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The trip was amazing. The organisation and selection of hostels and type of travel was exceptional allowing for an outstanding memory

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OB14844 Absolutely amazing trip. Took alm the hassle out of booking trains myself. The travel pack is really good too.

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Question:
Are transfers to Europe included?
Answer:
Our packages do not include flights to the start and from the end of the trip. We have plenty of trips however that do include Eurostar trains from London, and with most of these you are able to start from any mainland UK train station at no extra cost, as well as return there at the end of your trip. We just need to take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel from your UK home station to London to catch the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, and your onward connections if necessary.
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How much does it cost?
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The ‘from’ prices are listed on the package pages and are based on 4 people travelling in low season. The price may be higher depending on the number of people travelling, their age, nationality and specific events in certain destinations. For large groups and for low season the price may be slightly lower than what is indicated on the package pages. We don’t believe in offering a “from” price that is unattainable, instead we call it the “average from” price based on what most people book. Request a quote for a definitive price.
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Is booking financially secure?
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Yes, 100%. Your booking is insured by International Passenger Protection so if something happens to Euroventure, your money is always safe and would be returned to you in full by the insurers, even if you trip has already begun. We are also members of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), the official industry body for tour operators, with membership number Y6273. We are regulated by them and must operate by a consumer code of conduct, so they ensure our insurance is valid and up to date.
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What do I get when I book a package?
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You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
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